I'm moving my gear from storage in to my workshop, and some hardware it doesn't make much sense in me keeping as I don't have space. I saved these from recycling a few years ago, which is probably where they should have gone. If nobody wants to pick it up (Porirua, Wellington), I'll store the monitors wrapped in plastic under my house, scrap the cases, and will keep the electronics for parts if I need them in future.
2x Olivetti Filenet workstations from the late 80's. Based on the Motorola 68000.
3x high resolution black and white fibre optic displays
1x high resolution black and white RS422 terminal
A couple of matching keyboards and mice
One system has 3 daughter cards with 68020's (from memory) that each drives a different terminal.
- I don't have the fibre cable (I might have one that's damaged) but it does appear to be a fairly generic arrangement.
- I have not powered up the towers. Previous owner had powered them up and said that one one of them started a monitor program in ROM and he was able to make pixels appear on the displays by addressing different memory points.
- There is no local storage options, all boot from network, and with zero software or information on the internet, you'll be writing your own. As much as I'd like an enormous Olivetti optical storage system from the 80's - can't find many on trademe
- I have powered up one of the monitors (in fact the case is still open) and it started up fine (no smoke show)
- monitors have a board that converts the fibre to a normal signal (video, hsync, vsync etc), so could be replaced with a home brew solution to hook it to something more normal - I'd expect the resolution on these to be in the 1280x1024 range - probably fixed frequency - but no idea for sure. Part of an image processing system.
- other than a few news articles and maybe a picture, the internet can't help you with these.
Thought I'd list it here in case somebody thought it'd be neat as an enourmous 68K dev kit.
Realistically I'm never going to get around to doing anything with them.
Free pickup in Porirua Wellington.
Bring car with good suspension.